Yesterday I attended my very first blogging conference at the Museum of Science and Industry (or MOSI for short) in Manchester city centre. The conference is organised by the very talented Laura Seaton who blogs over at www.tiredmummyoftwo.co.uk . In the run up to the conference I spent my days on the Blog on MOSI Facebook page. I learnt that an empty wheeled suitcase was a must (for the amazing goody bags), everyone would be super friendly, and most importantly there would be Prosecco and cake.
I took the train into Manchester with my empty suitcase for company. I was a mixture of nerves and excitement (or nervexcited as it is now known), knowing deep down I would have a great day. I was signed in by the lovely Nikki (@stressymummy) who I have chatted to on twitter since I started blogging. I then met the equally lovely Lorraine @nortonmum who did a fantastic job of looking after me for the day (and her husband for giving me a lift home). There was a chance to grab a coffee, cookie or chocolate pastry before heading for the opening talk. It was then onto the various sessions throughout the day which included photography, vlogging, beginners blogging and travel.
In between the sessions there was plenty of opportunities to speak to the many brands and PR companies that were there. And the chance to meet some of the wonderful ladies who have been my ‘virtual blogging friends’ since I began 18 months ago. I also met new friends who I had not come across yet in the blogging world. You see Laura was so right when she did her closing speech. We should be proud of the community we belong to, and after today I could not be prouder.
I have come away inspired to improve my photography, work harder at my blog and to not be scared to approach companies. The one thing I will not be doing though is vlogging. Definitely not one for me !
A huge thank you to Laura who works SO hard in putting the conference together, and not forgetting the AMAZING goody bags. On the day I could see how hard she works, ensuring everything is running on time, and making sure no one is left out. She is simply Superwoman. Thank you everyone at Blog on MOSI for making me feel so welcome. I WILL be back next year.